Transforming Educational Leaders in the Philippines

CESL 2019 Participants

We now live in a VUCA – volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous – world where technology is rapidly transforming the way we live, teach and learn in the 21st century. In order to keep up with the pace of change and provide relevant education to their students, school leaders need to possess leadership skills to implement effective, culturally-appropriate and context-responsive transformation.

21 Filipino educational leaders and educational officials were selected to attend the second offering of Certificate in Education Studies in Leadership under the Transformational Educational Leadership in the 21st Century Contexts programme. This programme is offered by the University of Queensland’s School of Education in partnership with The HEAD Foundation and Ateneo de Manila University’s Ateneo Centre for Educational Development (ACED).

These participants were selected for their commitment and passion to transform their schools, their dedication to improve their students’ schooling experience, and for their potential to initiate and lead the changes in their schools.

The programme started on 1 August 2019 with the first face-to-face workshop. Dr Vicente Reyes, the Programme Director, encouraged participants to embrace technology and online communities of practices, and actively engage with stakeholders in leading change.

Dr Vicente Reyes, Programme Director

From August to October 2019, these educators will learn about the foundations of leadership, perspectives in educational leadership, and fundamentals of educational leadership and change through online and face-to-face sessions. Throughout the four months, they will develop and continuously refine their Transformational Action Plan, in which they identify an aspect of their school they hope to transform and lead the implementation of the change.

Ms Johanna Gervacio, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of the Nueva Ecija Division, presents her Transformational Action Plan

As Dr Carmela C. Oracion from ACED said in the opening session of the programme, we hope that these leaders, through their transformational action plans, can effect change that will create greater impact and successes one after another, resulting in a domino effect in the education community of the Philippines.

Check back for updates on these leaders’ exciting projects!


This is the second time The HEAD Foundation is partnering with the University of Queensland to implement CESL. Read more about the 2018 programme with the Universitas Negiri Jakarta here.